Lone Star Conference

The 2014 Lone Star Writer’s Conference

Bob Mayer and Jen Talty – “New Frontiers in Publishing”
October 4th, 2014

Presenter: Bob Mayer and Jen Talty
Topic: “New Frontiers in Publishing”
Editors: Deborah Gilbert, Founder and Senior Editor, Soul Mate Publishing
Jill Limber, Editor, Boroughs Publishing Group
Agents: Kim Lionetti, BookEnds Literary Agency
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
7979 Willow Chase Blvd, Houston TX 77070
Date & Time: October 4, 2014; 9 am to 5 pm (registration and breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
Cost: $130

“New Frontiers in Publishing”

Bob Mayer: Author, Speaker, PublisherBob Mayer

Bob Mayer is a West Point Graduate, Former Green Beret, CEO of Cool Gus Publishing and a NY Times Bestselling Author. He has had over 50 books published. He has sold over four million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way concept, which he translated into Write It Forward: a holistic program teaching writers how to be authors. He is also the Co-Creator of Cool Gus Publishing, which does both eBooks and Print On Demand, so he has experience in both traditional and non-traditional publishing.

His books have hit the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and numerous other bestseller lists. His book The Jefferson Allegiance, was released independently and reached #2 overall in sales on Nook. Bob Mayer grew up in the Bronx. After high school, he entered West Point where he learned about the history of our military and our country. During his four years at the Academy and later in the Infantry, Mayer questioned the idea of “mission over men.” When he volunteered and passed selection for the Special Forces as a Green Beret, he felt more at ease
where the men were more important than the mission.

Mayer’s obsession with mythology and his vast knowledge of the military and Special Forces, mixed with his strong desire to learn from history, is the foundation for his science fiction series Atlantis, Area 51 and Psychic Warrior. Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth into all of his thrillers, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn’t. He took this same passion and created thrillers based in fact and riddled with possibilities. His unique background in the Special Forces gives the reader a sense of authenticity and creates a reality that makes the reader wonder where fact ends and fiction begins.

In his historical fiction novels, Mayer blends actual events with fictional characters. He doesn’t change history, but instead changes how history came into being. Bob has presented for over a thousand organizations both in the United States and internationally, including keynote
presentations, all day workshops, and multi-day seminars. He has taught organizations ranging from Maui Writers, to Whidbey Island Writers, to San Diego State University, to the University of Georgia, to the Romance Writers of America National Convention, to Boston SWAT, the CIA, Fortune-500, the Royal Danish Navy Frogman Corps, Microsoft, Rotary, IT Teams in Silicon Valley and many others. He has also served as a Visiting Writer for NILA MFA program in Creative Writing.

He has done interviews for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, PBS, NPR, the Discovery Channel, the SyFy channel and local cable shows.

Mayer’s military background, coupled with his deep desire to understand the past and how it affects our future, gives his writing a rich flavor not to be missed.


Jen Talty: Speaker, PublisherJen Talty

Jen Talty is the Co-Creator and COO of Cool Gus Publishing with Bob Mayer.

Jen Talty has been teaching workshops on the craft of writing and on the business of publishing for over a decade. She has presented at Romance Writers of America and Thrillerfest as well as many local chapters and other writer conferences. She has also taught at Writers and Books of Rochester. Many of her workshops can also be done with her her business partner, NY Times Bestselling Author, former Green Beret, and west Point Graduate, Bob Mayer.

They have done variations of these workshops at numerous conferences and also for day long writers’ group meetings and they have had a very positive effect: both in terms of preparing people to make the most of the conference and/or having a bonus workshop you can add as an option for those who want to come a little bit early. For example, at New England Romance Writers, they had over 200 people sign up for the optional Writers Presentation the morning before the conference officially kicked off that afternoon. They’ve done the one-day workshops for Central NY RWA, LA RWA, VA RWA, Portland RWA, Salt Lake City RWA, Ohio Valley RWA and other groups.

Participating Agent and Editors

Kim Lionetti BookEndsKim Lionetti, Agent

After eight years at Berkley Publishing, Kim Lionetti left her position as Senior Editor to join BookEnds in March 2004. While there, Kim enjoyed overseeing an eclectic list comprised of romances, westerns, young adult, mysteries, nonfiction, and general fiction. While she’s narrowed her focus a bit with the books she represents, she still enjoys using her editorial skills to help authors shape their work into more marketable products and helping them to see their writing as part of the “bigger picture.”

Kim’s obsession with books began in middle school when she was introduced to her grandmother’s collection of gothic romances by Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, and Mary Stewart. To this day, Kim harbors a soft spot for dark, tortured heroes, but also enjoys a good romantic comedy. A member of AAR, Kim is looking for fresh voices and compelling storytelling.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim currently resides in New Jersey with her son, daughter, cat, two guinea pigs, and very patient husband, who puts up with her crushes on Mr. Darcy, Eric Northman, blind dukes, and Ryan Gosling. You can contact Kim directly at KLsubmissions@bookends-inc.com or follow her through Twitter at www.twitter.com/BookEndsKim.

Kim’s areas of interest are historical and contemporary romance, women’s fiction, contemporary new adult fiction, young adult (except fantasy or sci-fi), and cozy mysteries. Her authors include Christie Craig/C. C. Hunter, Elizabeth Joy Arnold, Sofie Kelly, and Elle Lothlorien.


Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate  PublishingDebby Gilbert, Senior Editor

Soul Mate Publishing Founder and Senior Editor Deborah Gilbert graduated from Nazareth College, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and an M.S. in Reading. She taught high school English for sixteen years and joined RWA in 1998. Noting the tightening New York market and the trend toward digital publishing, she opened Soul Mate Publishing in October, 2011.

She is currently seeking submissions in all areas.


jill-limber Jill Limber, Editor

A multi-published author and former RWA President, as a child some of Jill’s tales got her in trouble, but now she gets paid for them. At the beginning of 2012, Jill entered a new phase of her Romance career, she became an Editor at Boroughs Publishing Group and now helps other writers realize their dreams. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs, Jill’s favorite pastime is to gather friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty of laughter.

website: www.jilllimber.com
twitter: www.twitter.com/Jill_Limber
genres: Contemporary, Historical


More Conference Highlights

  • The first 35 people to register are invited to a Meet-and-Greet party Friday night.
  • The Lone Star Writing Contest winners will be announced during our Awards Luncheon.
  • You will be dazzled by amazing raffle baskets and silent auctions.
  • Post conference Wine, Chocolate, Cheese party at the hotel – everyone is invited!

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